Attention all would-be Guests who have their eyes set on TRON Lightcycle/Run at the Walt Disney World Resort: The Tomorrowland entry point to the Grid will only be accessible via Virtual Queue and Individual Lightning Lane when it finally opens on April 4, 2023, but one aspect about this roller coaster makes me think that it won’t be as much of a nightmare to join as other rides before.
Thanks, in part, to the popularity of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, the virtual queue system has earned a rather negative reputation as families who do not try to join the virtual queue before 7:00 a.m. are left out.
You can see on Disney World’s website that Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind offers EPCOT Guests two chances to join the virtual queue throughout the day: 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. But Disney World’s first MCU attraction is an indoor roller coaster. It does not matter what time of day you experience the attraction. That is not the case for TRON.
I think that there will be some relative relief to this particular problem with the TRON roller coaster, and there will be far fewer disappointed families crossing into Magic Kingdom Park. Why? Because TRON: Lightcycle/Run is not a roller coaster you want to ride in the morning or middle of the day. This Disney World attraction needs to be experienced at night.
Here is a side-by-side picture of the outdoor section of TRON: Lightcycle/Run during the day and night:
On Thursday, March 9, details of TRON’s virtual queue, and we learned that there would be three maximum opportunities to join the virtual queue: 7:00 a.m. (you do NOT need to be in Magic Kingdom Park), 1:00 p.m. (you DO need to be inside Magic Kingdom Park), and at 6:00 p.m. on select dates with extended evening Park hours. Click the link below for our full coverage of the details.
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I have a strong feeling in my gut that many of the “regular” Disney World Guests–the “Disney Adults” especially–will be less than likely to jump at an early morning queue spot or Individual Lightning Lane reservation when they know that the better experience is worth waiting for a little bit longer.
Now, obviously, there is still going to be a mad dash for ANY virtual queue spot when TRON: Lightcycle/Run first opens, and if you would prefer to get a Lightning Lane reservation, it should remain Priority One. But now Walt Disney Imagineering has unintentionally given us incentives to not rush the digital gates right at the start of the day.
Copied from the original roller coaster in Shanghai Disneyland, TRON is the first attraction to open at Disneys Magic Kingdom with virtual queues rather than a traditional standby queue. It has already faced some criticism due to the ride vehicle, but has still been widely accepted by Disney Park Guests. Hopefully, those Guests catch onto this difference soon, and this greater sense of choice makes it a little easier for people to experience TRON: Lightcycle/Run during their visit to Magic Kingdom.
Keep in mind that all would-be Theme Park Guests will need to have a valid Theme Park Reservation and ticket.
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